Colemanstown United F.C. have been named the 2019 FAI Club of the Year. The North-East Galway club won the prestigious title, beating of Enfield Celtic (Meath), Killarney Celtic (Kerry), Midleton FC (Cork), Newbridge Town (Kildare) and Salthil Devon (Galway). The award was given out at the FAI Delegates Dinner last Friday in Trim, Co. Meath.
This is a phenomenal achievement for the little hamlet of Colemanstown and has elevated them to the national stage. The club has now borne the fruits of the hard work put in by our founding members and their vision to provide much needed facilities to enhance and develop the club to cater for their growing membership. That work has now been succeeded by a committee with endless enthusiasm, drive, ambition all of whom work tirelessly to make significant strides to further expand and develop the facilities and grow the club into what is it today.
The decision to apply for the Club of the Year application came from Director of Football, Robbie Parker, whose amazing insight and vision worked wonders in the application process. Indeed the groups brainstorming created some wonderful ideas which may have helped make the application a little ‘different;’ and was described by the judges as ‘colourful’
The club’s presentation entitled: ‘There is a Jersey for Everyone’ was highly commended by the five person judging panel of Paul Martyn (UEFA 2020 Volunteer Manager), Simon Walsh (SFAI); Eamon Scott (Striker Online), Karl Mitchell (Sport & Active Living Manger, Dublin City Counci)l & Frances Smith (Womens FAI). As part of the itinerary of the presentation on the day, the club had to also prepare a booth to give the judges an insight into the club. The booth was natural and simplistic giving a great outlook of the club and the voluntary aspect to which it does fantastically.
As the coveted Club of the Year award was the last one of the night to be announced at the FAI Delegates dinner, there was a tense finale until the announcement was made which came to absolute utter shock and amazement to the six delegates in attendance. It was fitting that one of the club stalwarts Gerry Moran was present to witness the occasion.
This Award recognises and celebrates the greater Colemanstown community’s voluntary activity in the Club. The club is fully aware that every little bit of volunteerism within the club goes a long way. The club has borne the fruits of many years of hard work and it is with pride that we now call ourselves ‘Club of the Year 2019’.